Thursday, 23 November 2017

Minister for Having Your Euro Cake and Eating It

Across the border in Milton Keynes South, the MP is revolting.  I mean, against the tyranny of the EU.

Milton Keynes was competing to be the European City of Culture. Which seems fair enough in one sense- it has a cracking "Theatre District" - and yet in another sense it's odd. After all, it isn't even a city. But maybe that isn't important. Anyway, what is important is that MK can no longer be the City of Culture. The clue why isn't the word "City". It's the concept of "European".

You see, the UK has voted for Brexit. And City of Culture is an EU scheme. And you can only be the European City of Culture if you're in a country which is in the EU, or a candidate for it, or in the EFTA or EEA.

None of which apply to the current plans for Brexit. So poor old MK - which voted out of the EU - can't be the European City of Culture. You may wonder about the state of a town which votes to leave Europe but wants to be the European City of Culture. But not the MP for MK South, who tweets:

I'm looking forward to Iain Stewart getting the portfolio as Minister for Cake. And explaining how his policy is that we should both have it, and eat it.

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  1. Exactly what I thought when I read about this. For the MP to say he is not turning his back on Europe when I presume he agrees with Brexit is ridiculous. In or out but you can't have it both ways. Minister for Cake indeed!

  2. Agreed. I think we're going to see a lot of this in coming months/years as the Brexiters slowly realise this whole thing wasn't just about the shape of bananas after all..

  3. It would be ironic if MK were made a city after Brexit.

  4. Flashlight Annie24/11/2017, 18:12

    I think a Minister for Cake is an excellent idea. We cake-a-holics are grossly under-represented.

    1. Quite taken with the euphemistic idea of Minister for Having It, too.


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